It is not enough to professionally communicate the science of climate change. This is not a matter of rationality.

The role of science communication is to counter wilful ignorance. I don’t mean the deliberate placing of blinkers over the eyes or rose-coloured glasses on the nose. I mean the facts that are inconsistent with the pleasant stories we tell about ourselves, our species, our future. I mean the delusions we live by because they are enjoyable, help keep us sane and motivated, and those cultivated by vested interests to hoodwink us into putting their greed ahead of the public good.

Science develops inconvenient facts through the best form of knowledge production we have. It’s not flawless; it’s messy and human.

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